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CN and the Environment

Focus on sustainability, delivering responsibly, is how CN is building for the future  

In August 2020, CN announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to acquire 50 zero-emission trucks from the Lion Electric Co. of Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. The virtually noiseless, zero-emission trucks, to join CN’s intermodal fleet, will contribute to the removal of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. The agreement is part of the company’s commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the global supply chain. In doing so, CN is helping to create a strong, sustainable future.

Rail is one of the most efficient, environmentally sustainable ways to move goods – four times more fuel-efficient than trucks. since a single train removes as many as 300 long-haul trucks from our highways, CN’s extensive network takes more than two million trucks off Canadian roads annually.  

CN: An environmental leader

  Already an environmental leader in the North American rail industry, CN consumes almost 15 percent less fuel per gross ton mile than the industry average. The company has broadened its commitment to enhanced fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability to all aspects of its business. The news that CN will acquire zero-emission trucks followed an announcement that the company has awarded a contract to build 1,150 new generation, high capacity, grain hopper cars to National Steel Car Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario. The “jumbo” hopper cars, each with 5,431 cubic feet of capacity, will enable CN to move more grain in each car, over the same amount of track, increasing the capacity and efficiency of its network. The agreement with National Steel Car brings to more than $1-billion the amount CN plans to invest in Ontario by the end of 2022.  

About CN

  CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to its customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.